Monday, March 30, 2009

Michigan Tour and a drawing for 3 Free Books!

While I'm in Michigan for my book tour this week, I decided to feature the 3 other authors who are traveling with me. Each one has graciously agreed to give away a free copy of their book! All you have to do is read about their latest release, enjoy their interview, and leave a comment on this post. I will choose a winner on April 17th!

And now first, my friend and fellow author, Mary Connealy! (Who just was nominated for a Christy Award last week!!!)

What do you like best about being a writer? I love everything about being a writer but, I will always be a writer, no matter what, published or not, so my real favorite thing about being a writer is that I get money for something I’d be doing anyway.

Pop, Soda, or Coke? What do you call it, and what's your favorite variety? We call it pop in Nebraska and when my brother visits from New York State…his children call it pop and giggle. Like it’s the funniest thing in the world to talk like Nebraskans. I’m a huge Diet Coke freak. I really care, too, and I’m not proud of that. I love that stuff.

Describe your favorite pair of shoes. I’ve got a pair of black boots that I wear almost constantly. Well not to shower in, but you know what I mean. Daily, for all occasions, except when they are absolutely wrong. They are getting battered but I can’t part with them. Low heels, non-skid soles and warm, my office at work is FREEZING. I keep looking for a new pair but they all have THREE INCH HEELS and a surface fit for ice skating. It’s like shoe designers HATE ME. It’s like that WANT me to die.

What's the most fun/interesting/crazy/scary/unique hands-on research you've done for a book? I had a fair amount of fun with my husband’s rifle recently. I was trying to describe how the heroine (yes, heroine) got her rifle into action fast. How would she wear it, strapped on her back, hanging from her shoulder? Did she grab it with both hands? Could she have managed with one? My husband, Quick-Draw and I fooled with that gun a long time. It’s heavy!

Candles. We all have them. But do you burn them? What scents are your favorite? I am in love with some candles a local woman makes. They are seriously the very best. She has this cottage industry and a little shop in a nearby town full of these spectacular candles, that burn forever and so clean and smell so wonderful. I burn them constantly. My current favorite is a scent called Cinnamon Candy. But we just burned our last one of those and have a Citrus Splash burning and it’s fantastic, too. And I LOVE the holiday scents, Thanksgiving and Christmas and Halloween, lots of apple and pine and cinnamon, just wonderful. You can order through her website. Each candle is in a pint canning jar and has a raffia tie with a little sign on it with John 18:12. Jesus is the Light of the World. I talk about these candles every chance I get because Susie works so hard and makes such an extraordinary product.

Have you ever re-gifted something someone's given you? I do pass along books that people send me, but I think that’s a nice thing to do, a good way to share a new author with someone, it’s not re-gifting. Not that there’s anything wrong with re-gifting.

If you were to write a novel about what your life would have been like if you'd become what you wanted to be at eight years old, what kind of character would the story be about? I don’t remember being eight. I hope this isn’t one of those repressed memory situations. Great, now I have to go into counseling, wonderful! This interview is going to cost me a fortune!

Have you ever gone on a book-signing tour before? What are you looking forward to next week? What makes you nervous? I’ve been at book signings away from home before. The nervous part comes from hoping someone shows up. The great part is spending time with other authors and readers and the people who run book stores. They’re about the nicest people on earth.
What's the best piece of writing advice you've ever received? Write 300 words a day. No excuses.

What's your biggest dream for the future? It was almost beyond my hopes that I’d ever even get one book published. So my biggest dream has come true, but now I’d love a career, a body of work. I’d like to see a shelf full of Mary Connealy books.

Mary Connealy is the author of Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. She will be releasing historical romantic comedies for Barbour for the next three years. Find out more about Mary’s Books at and check out her blogs:;; and Mary is married to her high school sweetheart, Ivan, a Nebraska farmer/rancher. She is the mother of four beautiful daughters Josie, married to Matt, Wendy, Shelly, married to Aaron and Katy. She’s got one beautiful, brand-new granddaughter, Elle.
Mary is giving away a free copy of her latest release, Gingham Mountain. If you'd like to be entered into the drawing, just leave a comment with your email address so I can reach you!


  1. I have been wanting to read this. :)

    sundaisy920 at gmail dot com

  2. I loved meeting Mary at the CBE, I already have this book so there's no need to enter me. I can tell i'm going to love it!

  3. Great interview! The book seems like a fun and inspiring read! Thanks for a chance to win!


  4. Yes, I would love to win a copy of Gingham Mountain! These books are great.

    I burn candles all the time when I'm home, so I checked out the website Mary mentioned. This Christian lady makes some great scents (I love fruit, spice and kitchen scents) and I plan to order some to try.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Gingham Mountain.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  5. I would love to enter the contest. this sounds like a good book.

    rebecca191 AT aol DOT com

  6. Mary Lu, it was great to meet you tonight at Baker Bookhouse in Grand Rapids (as well as Christine, Mary and Kaye). We call it pop here in MI.

  7. Mary Connealy is hilarious! Looks like fun! :o)
    I call it all Coke.
    Please enter me too. :o)


  8. Its on my list of to-reads. I would love to win a copy!!

  9. I would love to win A copy.Please enter my

  10. Hey, I'd love to be entered for a chance to win.


    ...and we call everything Soda here in the South.

  11. Please enter me, I would love to read this, thanks!